Our living room carpet is old. It receives a lot of traffic from a lot of feet including 4 family members, 2 cats, and guests. That means a lot of dirt. It also has been the scene of many spills and other things, from milk, juice, coffee and soda to cats, urine and vomit. When I recently received the opportunity to try out the Hoover Max Extract 60 Pressure Pro Carpet Deep Cleaner , I just about jumped at the chance. I knew that after five years the carpet could do nothing but benefit from a deep cleaning. Plus I wanted to see how much of a difference it made in appearance and feel.
Before I share my thoughts, I’ll give you the info from the Hoover site.
This MaxExtract® deep cleaner is designed to thoroughly clean carpets and rugs.
This easy-to-use machine removes water, dirt and grime with pressurized cleaning, and has heated drying for a fast dry time. Features a double chamber nozzle to power wash surfaces with even suction across a wide path, while the automatic detergent system provides the right ratio of detergent and water for the best cleaning results. Patented Hoover® SpinScrub® brushes gently loosen dirt and clean all sides of carpet and upholstery fibers, with an adjustable speed control for various floor surfaces, including a Spill Pick-Up mode so you don’t scrub in spills.
- MaxExtract® DualV® Nozzle Technology – we’re pulling up a lot of dirty water so your floors dry fast and you’ll be back to living on those deep-cleaned floors quickly.
- Pressurized Edge-to-Edge Cleaning – a wall of pressurized water that loosens and lifts stubborn stains with constant and relentless spray.
- SpinScrub® 60 – counter-rotating brushes engineered to surround carpet fibers, removing dirt at every angle. It’s like treating your carpet to a deep, massaging salon shampoo.
- Heated Cleaning – powerful motor with forced heated air to help speed dry time.
- Auto Conversion Tools – conveniently positioned where they should be – right at your fingertips.
- SmartTanks™ System – separate tanks for clean and dirty water, so you can easily fill, empty and rinse each tank individually!
- 16 oz Bottle of 2X CleanPlus™ Carpet Cleaner & Deodorizer
- 9′ Clear Active Hose
- Upholstery Tool
The Max Extract has a suggested retail price of $229. It comes in two pieces inside of one box, and is really easy to put together. All you need to do is unscrew one screw, place the handle onto the other half of the cleaner, and redo the screw again. So simple I was easily able to do it myself. Looking for instructions on how to use the machine, I quickly red through the owner’s manual, which covers more than one model. I had to reread several times and didn’t find it particularly helpful. At one point I thought we were missing some things, a squeegee tool and a SpinScrub hand tool. I later discovered on the Hoover website that my model doesn’t come with those. Had I checked the website first I would have saved twenty minutes. It reminded me how much I wish instruction manuals were model specific, particularly for items like these. It would certainly save me from reading about features I don’t have like AutoRinse and Clean Surge.
The two things needed to make the Max Extract 60 work are hot water and carpet cleaner. The carpet cleaner isn’t anything you have to make or mix, it comes in a bottle.
The carpet cleaner has two canisters – a clean water canister on the top and a dirty water canister nearer the floor. The hot water goes in one side of the clean water canister and the cleaner goes in the other side of it.
That’s all you need to do before you start cleaning. That and turn the machine on, which is done by pressing a big red button on the side. Using the Max Extract 60 is easy, you push it and pull it as you would a vacuum cleaner. You press the trigger while moving forward, then press it again while moving backward. Then you go over the same section without pressing the trigger, which lets the heat feature help pick up the dirty water from your carpet. In the below picture you can see one of the many stains on our living room carpet, it’s just behind the cleaner and in front of my husband’s feet.
The carpet cleaned up nice. That big stain from above was much smaller and lighter, and I’ll bet with another cleaning it’ll get even smaller and lighter still or just go away. We both thought the carpet looked a lot lighter after cleaning. After we were finished the carpet was a little bit damp but not soaking wet.
We know the Max Extract 60 picked up a lot of dirt. how do we know? It was in the water, which was absolutely black and disgusting. Ugh! We vacuum regularly and I never would have thought the carpets were just that dirty.
Once you’re done cleaning you empty the dirty water canister, which is easy to open and rinse out. We also wiped out the area where the canister sits where it had gotten a little dirty inside. This is also a good time to clean the filter screen.
That’s it. I’m picking up more of the cleaner this week so we can do the rug again. After that I’m thinking it would be a good thing to try and do monthly. I was very pleased with the performance of the machine, it was super easy to notice that the carpet was cleaner. The best thing was when my 16 year old son came into the room about an hour after I was finished and said “it smells good in here”. He was right. It smelled quite a bit better after the rugs were cleaned. If you’re looking for a carpet cleaner, this one is worth checking out.
I received a sample of this product to facilitate my review, but my opinions are entirely my own.